Facilitating Forever. It's a report put out by the National Marriage Project.

Author:Reno, R.R.
Position:WHILE WE'RE AT IT - Brief article
 
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Facilitating Forever. It's a report put out by the National Marriage Project. Authors Alan J. Hawkins and Betsy VanDenBerghe call for the expansion and re-engineering of healthy marriage and relationship initiatives. The goal: to help "the weak," which is to say, the sort of people being ground down by both economic changes and our new culture. They're having trouble finding their way in the new global economy--and the new cultural ecology.

The report makes a (genuinely) modest proposal: Provide "relationship literacy education." For school-age children, "youth relationship literacy education"; for cohabitating couples, "relationship development education"; for those ready to marry, "marriage preparation education"; and for those already married, "marriage maintenance education."

The moralist in me recoils from the therapeutic tenor of these initiatives. The authors follow the social-scientific protocol of substituting "healthy" for...

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